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Magenta ~

This is the “other” printer’s primary that has not gotten a whole lot of “press” in the metaphysical community.  It always amazes me, the narrow band of wavelength where light is visible to us. We are creatures of limited vision, literally. Answers.com has a lovely work-up on magenta, at least the mechanics of how one gets the color and it’s development as a usable dye in the 1890’s.

From Wikipedia ~

Magenta is a purplish red color evoked by lights with less power in yellowish-green wavelengths than in blue and red wavelengths (complements of magenta have wavelength 500–530 nm).[1] In light experiments, magenta can be produced by removing the lime-green wavelengths from white light. It is an extra-spectral color, meaning it cannot be generated by a single wavelength of light, being a mixture of red and blue wavelengths. The name magenta comes from the dye magenta, commonly called fuchsine, discovered shortly after the 1859 Battle of Magenta near Magenta, Italy.

In the Munsell color system, magenta is called red-purple. In the CMYK color model used in printing, it is one of the primary colors of ink. In the RGB color model, the secondary color created by mixing the red and blue primaries is called magenta or fuchsia, though this color differs in hue from printer’s magenta.

My own thoughts about this color would have been that it was appropriate to assign it to the feet, as our path is governed by the way our mind guides our life force. A fancy way of saying that our feet go where our mind takes them. But, magenta is high energy and at the very top of the visible light scale, so that will not work. And though I want to bring the light around in a color wheel, which I work with in my drawing and painting, I cannot find an electromagnetic color wheel. I did, however, find a quantum theory explanation of the colors cyan and magenta, which, if you can understand the scientific explanation, show why all the colors together come up with white light shining forth from a light bulb. You’d almost have to call it a “Tale of Two Quarks”, (or more).

Have I gotten you completely lost yet? I’m kind of wandering around in a daze, so that wouldn’t be difficult. I love working with light and shadow, as an artist, that’s my bread and butter, but I am trying to pull things that are scientific and artistic into a spiritual explanation, maybe it’s working, maybe not. Seeing color seems not to be so simple a child could do it.

Magenta is often used in our society to express love along with red and pink, very Valentine’s Day. Since it takes two wavelengths to make magenta, perhaps it is not so silly to think of it in terms of the feet, where there are two smaller chakras, and which are “fired up”, as it were, by whatever is going on in our heads and our hearts.

Red ~

Red is the color of our base chakra. It’s as though the “fire” of a human is there, at the very base of the spine. Here is where our reproductive organs are, so this is survival, and species survival and proliferation. Red is the color of oxygen rich blood ready to nourish the cells of our bodies. Red has an enlivening “feel” to it, added to a composition a painter will use it to add warmth and “life” to an otherwise pale and “dead” looking graphic. From Wikipedia ~

Red is any of a number of similar colors evoked by light consisting predominantly of the longest wavelengths of light discernible by the human eye, in the wavelength range of roughly 625–740 nm. Longer wavelengths than this are called infrared, or below red and cannot be seen by the naked human eye. Red is used as one of the additive primary colors of light, complementary to cyan, in RGB color systems. Red is also one of the subtractive primary colors of RYB color space but not CMYK color space.

In human color psychology, red is associated with heat, energy and blood, and emotions that “stir the blood”, including anger, passion, and love.[4]

Interesting, isn’t it, that a color can symbolize both ardent passion and anger? Though this speaks of it’s symbolism as meaning love also, remember that that is erotic love, much closer to lust than to compassion.

The Cardinal’s message is one of color as much as any other attribute, being that of loving oneself in a good way. The cardinal is a year round bird that resides in one place, in winter it may use local feeders, and often brings young to the feeders in spring. The cardinal is a bird that is not disruptive at the food station, hanging back for a while, then the male will watch while the female eats and vice versa. They do not pick fights, but do not back away either. Other aggressive birds have found that chasing the cardinal from the feeder is not so easy as presumed.

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